Lee's Lecture Notes Day 2: Fictional Aesthetics

  1. Journal: a reminder about the things that obsess us--the hidden/secret nerves in our writing; journal as a repository of future material or as a place to try things out?
  2. A reminder about Exposition, narration, description (poetic, minimal?), pacing (slows when there is more description and poetry), and dramatized scenes, and Freytag's triangle--what is a story (traditionally, bases on the codes of realism).
  3. Writing longer, and working toward a novel: outlines, plot, and the absurd
  4. Winterson's The Passion: a voice telling an epic story (about chicken); the naive narrator; revisionist history and the historical novel
  5. Carver "Why Don't We Dance?" on Canvas Files now. Close reading. Interpretation 1. Interpretation 2.




Old Notes:

Lee's 412R postmodernism course...

metafiction (see Lee's postmodernism laundry list)—when you call attention to the act of writing a story...vs. vivid and continuous dream that Coleridge discusses with realism (but there are stories that are between meta and dream)
ie. At this point in the story you might expect me to tell you something dramatic because you expect drama when people tell you stories.  But nothing happened.

1. Prose/fiction vocabulary to know.
2. Share your excerpts.
3. Freytag's triangle from the 1800's; Freytag's triangle for Tragedies ;(tragedies like those of Shakespeare written in the 1500's);
What's Wrong with Freytag's Triangle...

...or with the Hero's journey/ monomyth simple graphic; TED lecture on the monomyth and The Hunger Games; the the 23 movie plots (and fiction plots); all sci fi follows the hero's journey? Vogler's sci fi adventure movie analysis of the monomyth...

, in media res, and elements.
4. Making writerly reactions.
6. A few sample reading reactions.

Tarnowsky p. 29--the mininovel--has a larger scope, but many gaps lacunae as a way to get the reader to co-author a text; the piece is sometimes traditional narration/description, but when they talk, it's absurdist; he says the following techniques help the reader co-create:

NPR article about trying to make Rap new (Cee Lo Green...)

Balzacian Mode (Architectures p. 10)...the transparent, mimetic realism oriented novel; look at all these different/same definitions of narrative (freytag's slideshows)

The Difficult Imagination (Arch p. 16)

Barthes as a histrionic aphorist, a postmodern list maker...(Sontag p. 66)

Be thinking of a novel, and it's outline, even if absurd or completely speculative, even if "real" or chronological...?


Possible Journal for realism practice: describe a lake (or something) as seen by YOURSELF (mine whatever "real" from your life as possible, you having just committed murder or something equally dramatic).  Do not mention the murder (or the equally dramatic something) - from J. Gardner.

--The &Now: Tomasula introduction; Miller p. 13+ (fiction and non-fiction merging); Tarnowsky 29+ ("mininovel" screams)